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We’re bringing back the Mini-Kit! Subject to the limited availability, early bird registrations will receive a free kit with their registration.

Stay tuned for information on the 2019 Mini-Kit, an Illinois Central single sheathed box car. It will be available in HO and N scale for 2019.

In 2018, the Mini-Kit included resin conversion parts and decals to convert an Accurail 40ft wood reefer into an FGEX truss rod refrigerator. The HO conversion was created by Frank Hodina, and his test model is pictured below. The kit was also available in O, S, and N scales, with pattern work by Mike Skibbe.

HO Patterns:

Completed test model by Frank Hodina:

In 2017, the Mini-Kit was a Chicago Great Western 1937 AAR boxcar kit featuring new resin Pullman Standard “Carbuilders” corrugated ends. These resin parts were cast from brand new patterns by Aaron Gjermundson and Jason Kliewer, and offered for the first time to the early registrants to the conference. The ends were made in N, HO, S and O scales! To complete the kit, Des Plaines Hobbies donated car bodies and Ted Cullota developed art work and printed decals. Check out more details in our forum.

George Toman Model Photo

For 2016, a model of a B&O M-15k was provided through the generosity of Resin Car Works, Fox Valley Models, Accrual, Speedwitch, Tichy, Microscale and Micro-Trains.


A Fox Valley Models B&O M-53 can be backdated to an earlier M-15k rebuild. These cars were the first batch of wagontop cars, and are distinctive with their fishbelly underframe, large end sills, and notched side sills. Resin Car Works in coordination with Tom Madden castings provided the resin conversion components with Accurail providing the underframe (HO Scale). In N scale, the fishbelly underframe will be provided by Micro-Trains. Both scales includee decals from Microscale (HO) and Tichy (N) featuring Ted Culotta’s impeccable artwork.

You can see examples of these kits on our forum page at http://www.rpmconference.com/forum/index.php?forums/rpm-discussion-forum.2/ If you’ve been working on your M-15k, please be sure to share progress on the forum!